Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present Reviews

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January 22, 2013
September 6, 2012
"She's never not performing," says one friend. And the documentary, "Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present," confirms it.
August 8, 2012
Briskly edited and brightly shot.
July 6, 2012
Beginning as an overview of her career, this fascinating doc closes in on the show and its many revealing encounters, asking us to consider face-to-face engagement as a way of dissolving the barriers between an artist and her public.
July 6, 2012
In place of evenhandedness, the film gives us a full sense of a personality and intelligence so riveting that we begin to comprehend why all those hundreds of thousands lined up at the MoMA.
July 6, 2012
Thanks largely to the engaging nature of its protagonist, Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present stands up as one of the most diverting documentaries to hit the big screen this year.
July 5, 2012
Marina Abramović emerges from this arresting documentary as the Maria Callas of performance art.
July 5, 2012
Here, you start to feel, is commodified culture at work in its capital city.
July 5, 2012
Abramovic is nothing less than magnetic.
July 5, 2012
July 5, 2012
Abramovic is raw and likeable, if mostly inscrutable.
July 1, 2012
A little pretentious maybe, but then you've got to wonder at a woman who could sit motionless in a wooden chair, eight hours a day for three months.
June 15, 2012
The film's centerpiece is the retrospective devoted to Abramovic at the Museum of Modern Art in the spring of 2010.
June 15, 2012
The film goes a long way to establish the intellectual seriousness and dedication involved in her ambitious series of art stunts.
June 15, 2012
The second half offers shot after shot of the people who sat opposite Abramovi - an unexpectedly enthralling record of reactions that range from stark agony to rather phony amusement.
June 14, 2012
So magnetic is she that if Abramovic had chosen to be a baker, or a janitor, you could still make a film about her and it would be only slightly less bombastic, and no less stirring.
June 14, 2012
A portrait of an artist whose life and work intertwine in ways even more compelling than might be imagined.
June 14, 2012
When director Matthew Akers is able to make Abramovic's titular 2010 MoMA exhibition - featuring anonymous, silent, face-to-face sit-downs - undeniably moving, something is obviously working.
June 14, 2012
The Artist Is Present does at least seem to capture moments where Abramovic seems genuine...
June 13, 2012
We're given an intimate seat to this wildly democratic - and creepily messianic - spectacle.
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